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Groundbreaking Could Begin by 2015 for New Harbor Bridge

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

Ground could be broken on a new Harbor Bridge within five years, according to new Texas Department of Transportation District Engineer Lonnie Gregorcyk.

There has been a lot of talk over the years about the need for a new bridge, but now the state is shooting to start construction of the new Harbor Bridge by 2015.

"So by 2017, we could see a new Harbor Bridge being built," Gregorcyk said. "That would be a target we're looking at. It depends on funding, and how the environmental process goes."

Construction on the current Harbor Bridge began in 1956, and finally wrapped up in 1959. Since then, the bridge has helped the Port of Corpus Christi turn into one of the busiest ports in the country.

Of course, the Harbor Bridge has kept traffic moving to and from town; but now that the bridge is over 50 years old, engineers say work on getting it replaced needs to wrap up.

That is because the state has set aside some $291 million to build the structure. There is still another $300 million to be found, but it sounds like it is now a project that can and will be funded one way or another.

On Dec. 4, TxDOT will hold a public meeting regarding the Harbor Bridge at 5 p.m. at the Solomon P. Ortiz Center. They are looking at four routes right now for the new bridge and the construction schedule.

Kiii News Reporter Michael Gibson was Live from near the Harbor Bridge with the details.

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